Setting a goal is the single most important thing an athlete can do. Players who don’t have goals, don’t make it regardless of how talented they are. Goals ensure you are headed in a specific direction and keep you on course to the finish line. Without a goal your path wanders, you lose interest and most importantly guarantees failure.
Your goal is your finish line or destination. It’s like planning a trip, you have to establish where you’re going first. If you don’t know where you’re going then you’ll NEVER get there. Imagine the confusion at the airport on the ticket agent’s face when you say, “Yeah, I’m just here to take a trip but I don’t really know where I want to go”. Players that are going somewhere start practicing knowing EXACTLY where they want to get with their sport. But it doesn’t stop there.
Then you have to figure out how you’re going to get there. In other words you can’t just say you’re going to Hawaii and expect to get there. NBA teams don’t just call you up and say, “Hey, we’re looking for players and we want you”. You have to make sure you’re getting good comprehensive training including physical, technical, tactical and mindset components. Nutrition also has to be considered as well as travelling outside Nova Scotia for experience.
You also need to establish interim goals such as making a high school, division 1, Canada Games, varsity, or provincial team. From there short term goals need to be in place. These help you keep focused on the finish line on a weekly and monthly basis. And finally you have to make every practice count! Every practice, every shot, every dribble needs to be focused on making the finish line and achieving the goal.
Setting goals is pretty easy… the hard part is following through. Everyone needs someone, typically a long term coach or training academy who is going to hold you to your goals, encourage you and make sure you have the training you need to get there.
Olympic athlete Kerri Walsh (winner of women’s beach volleyball at Bejing Olympics with partner Misty May Treanor) was once asked what sets an average athlete apart from a successful one. She answered, “Not that this is any big secret, but here it is… Start with a goal and push yourself to your limit; soon enough you will blow through that wall and find yourself with out any limits at all.”
This article is a summary of one of the classroom sessions held at Atlantic Stars Academy. This was the beginning of a series of sessions to fit our Mindset Training curriculum. These sessions are open to members only. If you want to become the best player you can be or have goals of making provincial, national and pro teams you need comprehensive training, which includes mindset training, NOW! Pretty soon talent will not be the only thing that gets you onto these teams. Register for training now. https://www.atlanticstars.ca/.